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Barangay captain stands firm that AFP bombing caused forest fire in Abra town

MALIBCONG, Abra — Marcos Sangdaan, the barangay captain of Lat-ey village in Malibcong town, Abra province maintains that the fire that consumed their communal forest was due to the airstrikes by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) amid claims of the Philippine Army that the fleeing New People’s Army rebels caused the fire.

Tanglag stories of courage: Seeds of hope (2/2)

Manuel Elizalde Jr. still rings a bell among the I-Tanglag as he was the (in)famous personality representing the Presidential Arm for National Minorities (PANAMIN) who went to their village professing that PANAMIN will help them progress.

Statements: The celebration of Cordillera Day

April 24 remains a historic and significant date for the Cordillera peoples. It was in the evening of this day in 1980 when soldiers belonging to the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division, under Lt. Leodegario Adalem, fired at two houses in the village of Bugnay, Tinglayan, Kalinga.

The Malibcong bombings

Barangay Buanao in Malibcong town of the province of Abra was recently shaken by a bombing run by the AFP and on going military operation since March 14, 2017.

Abra village asks for ceasefire

MALIBCONG, Abra — The barangay council of Buanao village in Malibcong town of Abra province expressed support to the continuation of the peace negotiations between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and called for a ceasefire declaration.

Military operations disrupts farming cycle in Abra

MALIBCONG, Abra — Isabel Saboy, 58 is a widow with seven children. She took on the task of providing for five of her children since her husband died in 2016 due to sickness. She said her two older children already have their own families to take care of.

CHRA holds Abra peace mission

MALIBCONG, Abra — The Peace Mission in Malibcong, Abra despite attempts of soldiers of the 24th IB of the Philippine Army to block the team from holding community meetings.

Tanglag stories of courage: Seeds of hope (1/2)

Abused, tortured, discriminated, divided but never broken. Their collective strength was tempered by the never ending turmoil since Martial Law. Their political resolve grows sharper through time.

Canadian gov’t urged to suspend military deals with Ph

BAGUIO CITY — An international human rights group in a letter to the Canadian minister of affairs urged the Canadian government to suspend defense related assistance and cooperation with the Philippine government following the recent bombing runs of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

People appeal anew, stop military operations in Abra

BANGUED, Abra — Locals from this province urged the government to stop the continuous military operations in Malibcong town led by Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) troops.

Human rights group logs 16 ‘major’ violations by Army in Ifugao

IFUGAO — A human rights group here documented at least 16 major international humanitarian law violations by state security forces in an interior sitio in Namal, Asipulo town after a reported encounter between the 54th Infantry Battalion Philippine Army (54th IBPA) and the New People’s Army (NPA) late February.